"FOLLOWING the formal signing into law of the K to 12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) said he sees no problem in reaching a higher number of enrollees for preschool children before classes formally open on June 3.
DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said based on their datas, there are already 2.2 million children enrolled in kindergarten."
From Manila Bulletin,
The Department of Education (DepEd) is having difficulty filling new teacher positions, especially for kindergarten, because “many of the applicants were simply not qualified,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said yesterday.
Luistro said there are 61,510 vacancies needing to be filled for school year 2013-2014.
While there are many graduates who have already passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), but DepEd “cannot accommodate all of them if they are not qualified because our students will suffer.”
When the DepEd began looking for teachers to fill up the vacancies, particularly for kindergarten, “we found out that there were not enough qualified teachers for the kindergarten positions,” Luistro said.